As the winter creeps in and the supportive growths of Movemeber take hold, I wanted to pay homage in print instead of facially.
Due to the growing popularity of the mustache movement in support of Prostate Cancer, the general public is much more open to discussing it, promoting regular check ups and being more aware of the disease itself. Yet, do we truly understand what some of the underlying factors of why some men are diagnosed with the disease? Well one such reason, which falls within the context of this blog, is of key importance; weight.
A study published in the April 2003 New England Journal of Medicine and supporting research published in 2007 in medical journal, Cancer, found that not only are overweight and obese men at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer, but those who do have it are more likely to have a more aggressive form of the disease.
When comparing men of the same age and stage of prostate cancer research has shown that those men who are an unhealthy weight are two and a half times more likely to die of the disease than men who are of an average weight. Essentially, the mo’ weight you have the mo’ problems you’ll have.
Prostate Cancer Canada also points out research by international cancer research groups which states that:
“30 to 40 per cent of all cancer cases are preventable with reasonable and appropriate diets, physical activity and maintenance of appropriate body weight.”
Which literally means that getting off your butt, could quite possibly save it.
Lets be honest with each other. We are all guilty of why we are in the condition we find ourselves in and justify it with excuses. Life gets busier, weight sneaks up on us and our general health decreases. We rationalize it as a normal process of life or that time won’t allow for us to do the types of work outs we would ultimately like to do to bring back the physiques either we or our wives would want us to have.
Both are excuses for lack of effort. Recommendations of 30 to 45 minutes of moderate to intense activity three or four times a week are beneficial to decrease the likely hood of developing the disease. It’s also key in decreasing the likelihood of numerous other conditions and illnesses.
Plus it just makes you feel a little better in the end. No pun intended.
In closing this article (and beginning this blog on adult recreation), I’d like to point out that a little physical activity will undoubtedly, improve the quality of not only our lives, but those we share it with us.
There’s no butts about it.
Some prostate cancer facts on behalf of Prostate Cancer CanadaProstate cancer is: